Best Turkey Tours: Dazzling Culture, Great Food and Gorgeous Landscapes

Not many touristic places can compete with Turkey’s unbelievably rich history and culture that is still very present, just like in ancient times. When we include the surreal landscapes and mouthwatering cuisine from every corner of the country, we get a widely attractive destination that every traveler feels called to at least once.

Since there are already many high-quality tours offering a real taste of Turkey, we created this list to give you an overview of some of the best travel packages on the market. Deciding to book a guided tour rather than exploring on your own has many advantages – you get an experienced guide that often takes you to the less-known spots where only locals come, you don’t have to worry about meals, accommodation or transport when planning the trip and you meet many like-minded travelers who are interested in getting to know the same part of the world like you.

This roundup of what we consider the best Turkey tours presents both shorter and longer Turkey vacation packages that bring you closer to this enchanting and mystical country overflowing with stories and tradition. The tours take you from cosmopolitan Istanbul, breathtaking Cappadocia, to ancient Ephesus and well-known Gallipoli. In any case, we assure you that a journey of your life is ahead of you.

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Absolute Turkey By G Adventures

Join this unforgettable tour of Turkey and experience its treasures with the best guides and amazing fellow travelers you will meet along the way. This tour lets you immerse into the ethereal landscapes of Cappadocia and the striking white falls of Pamukkale.

Start your adventure in breathtaking Istanbul and visit Topkapi Palace, the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and the Basilica Cistern. Continue to Bolu to see the Mausoleum of Atatürk and then prepare yourself to be stunned by the dreamy Cappadocia where you can meet the locals, hike local valleys such as the Ilhara Valley or the famous Red and Rose Valleys, or go on a notorious hot air balloon ride. Spend a memorable night at the Mediterranean sea and sail around Kekova Island while soaking in the sun rays. After enjoying the seaside, head to Selçuk and take some time to see the Ancient City of Ephesus, after which you arrive in Gallipoli, where the infamous WWI battle occurred.

This trip to Turkey includes meals, accommodation for 14 nights and transport in a private air-conditioned van and a boat. Many activities are also part of the price, such as the Istanbul city walking tour and visit to Ephesus.

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Image: view of Cappadocia

Best of Turkey By Intrepid Travel

Choose this Turkey tour package to indulge in the tempting Turkish cuisine and get to know the rich history influenced by Islamic culture and the Ottoman empire. From the bustling city of Istanbul and hypnotic sema performance in Bursa to the inviting clear waters of the Mediterranean and fairytale landscapes of Cappadocia, this tour will surely blow your mind.

The first stop is in Istanbul, with its monumental cultural attractions and unique city vibe that simply has to be experienced. After immersing in Bursa’s enchanting tradition, you will have the chance to visit one of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World, the Temple of Artemis, located only a short distance from Selçuk. The ghost village of Kayakoy will show you its ancient stone houses from where you can hike to the Oludeniz and witness the beauty of its white sandy beach. Another Mediterranean jewel awaits as you arrive in Antalya, where you can enjoy the delights after an orientation walk. At last, the tour continues to surreal Cappadocia, as a cherry on top.

Meals, transport and accommodation are included in the price of this tour. Among others, activities in Bursa, Selçuk, Pamukkale, Kayakoy and Kas are part of this Turkey tour package.

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Turkey: Coastlines & Kebabs By G Adventures

Within 15 days of this exciting trip to Turkey, you will fall in love with the country’s magnetic appeal, its breathtaking scenery, and the widely famous cuisine. A must-visit Blue Mosque in Istanbul, the Roman streets of Ephesus and a mesmerizing coastline are only some of the fantastic locations that you will visit with one of the best Turkey tours.

With enthralling Istanbul and its historical sites, this tour of Turkey brings you in medias res from the first day. Head to Cappadocia to experience the once-in-a-lifetime adventure of a hot-air balloon trip while admiring the panoramic view at sunrise. From Kekova, the tour continues on a boat where you will spend the night watching the stars from the ship deck. Fethiye is your next stop where you can enjoy the near-by islands, hike to Oludeniz lagoon or visit Butterfly valley. The ancient site of Hierapolis and striking cliffs welcome you upon arrival to Pamukkale, after which you continue to the beautiful city of Selçuk, where you can even take cooking classes.

Orientation walk of Istanbul and overnight boat trip with dinner are part of this tour package. Meals, accommodation and transport between destinations and to/from included activities are included as well.

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Image: Ayasofya in Istanbul

Turkey Highlights By Intrepid Travel

A short Turkey vacation perfect for getting an excellent overview of the main sights distinctive for this culture-packed country. After visiting the historical Istanbul, picturesque Cappadocia and ancient Ephesus, we are sure you will soon want to come back to absorb more of this fascinating country.

The charming streets of the Grand Bazaar and the marvelous Blue Mosque make for a great introduction to Istanbul, where the strong influences of West and East dance their unique dance. Kusadasi will make a great base to explore the Greco-Romanian city of Ephesus and offer you an unforgettable swim in the Aegean sea. Konya will astonish you with its traditional dervish whirl, after which you arrive in Cappadocia. Here you will visit fascinating sites, opt for a hot air balloon ride and explore the Kaymakli Underground City.

This Turkey tour includes six breakfasts, one lunch, transport and accommodation, as well as various activities in Selçuk, Ephesus and Cappadocia.

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Five Days in Cappadocia By Intrepid Travel

This five-day Turkey vacation package is a fantastic opportunity to get to know Cappadocia and Istanbul. Cappadocia certainly won’t leave you indifferent with its extraordinary rocky formations and scenic balloon ride at the sunrise.

It is best if you arrive in Antalya a day or two prior to this tour as you will start exploring from the early morning. Head to dreamy Cappadocia, where the experienced guides will introduce you to the fairy chimneys that will surely be one of the most artistic photo you took. After witnessing the underground cities of Derinkuyu and Kaymakli, continue to Ortahisar and prepare for a warm welcome from the local family in their guesthouse. If you are a fan of meat, make sure to leave some space in your stomach for a real Turkish kebab.

If you choose this short and sweet trip to Turkey, you will get three breakfasts, one dinner, transport with a public bus, private vehicle and an overnight bus. The package includes accommodation and activities such as wine in the sunset and a pottery class.

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Image: Cappadocia included in the best tours to Turkey

Classic Istanbul Mini Adventure By G Adventures

Spend the most memorable 4 days in Istanbul with this mini guided tour. Although short, this tour gives you more than just a glimpse of this cosmopolitan city with the generous offer of sights, culture and food.

This tour will take you to more known sites such as Hagia Sofia and less known ones like Istanbul’s Old Town. Furthermore, you will see subterranean Roman and Byzantine ruins. Pamper yourself in the Turkish hammam, spoil your tastebuds with baklava and try the real Turkish coffee. Roam through the Taksim Square and the lively district of Karaköy and stop for a chai in one of the charming chai shops. After a lavish mezze lunch, head to take a ferry to Kadiköy, located on the Asian side of the city. After finishing this tour, you can always opt for another tour to see more of this beautiful country.

This Istanbul sightseeing tour includes Old Town orientation walk, street food dinner, visit to Hagia Sophia, Old City underground tour, Hippodrome visit, culinary walking tour and visit to Kadiköy. Meals, a ferry ride and accommodation, are all part of the package.

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Turkey Retreat: Fethiye By Intrepid Travel

Experience true Turkey with this Turkey tour package and get to know Kayakoy, Fethiye, surreal Iztuzu Beach and much more. Spend the night under the Mediterranean sky, learn the traditional cooking style, and relax your body and mind at the world-famous beach.

From the airport, you will enjoy a spectacular 1-hour drive to Kayakoy, where you will be greeted with a delicious traditional dinner. From Fethiye Marina, you will reveal the stunning Turquoise Coast through island hopping and visit the Cleopatra Baths, Yassica Island, Bedri Rahmi Cove and Tersane Island. At Izuztu Beach, you will visit the Dalyan Sea Turtle Research, Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre and learn about the conservation and rehabilitation of the injured turtles. Along the Lycian Way, you will hike from Kayakoy to Oludeniz Beach and witness why this beach is said to be one of the best beaches in the world!

This Turkey walking tour includes meals consisting of four breakfasts, one lunch and two dinners. Additionally, with the transport and accommodation, you get many activities such as day tours, cooking, and hiking experiences.

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Image: Fethiye in Turkey trips

Turkey Real Food Adventure By Intrepid Travel

This is a 10-day Turkey itinerary that will gather all the foodies out there. Turkish cuisine is an unavoidable part of the culture that appeals even the most delicate tastebuds. So, join this delightful tour and let the sweet and savory tastes of the Eastern culinary tradition fully seduce you.

The food adventure starts off in Istanbul, where you can try the original kebab in a loaf of pita bread, after which you might be attracted to the smells of freshly cooked Turkish coffee. Sweet tooths will undoubtedly find their way to the Turkish delights, but make sure you also try the barbecued corn and roasted kestane (chestnuts). Learn how to make gozleme in Bodrum in a traditional way and hang-out with the friendly local family in the hills of Ortahisar. Take a remarkable shot of preserved Ephesus ruins and learn how to make sarma in Selçuk. After arriving in Goreme, have your camera at hand to capture scenic pictures, but make sure you also enjoy the moment and absorb the atmosphere without the screen.

Meals, transport and accommodation for nine nights are included during these 10 days in Turkey. The itinerary of this vacation package is carefully planned offering you many activities through which Turkey knows how to find a way to your heart (and stomach!).

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Turkey Classics Tour By Fez Travel

This tour package includes seven days and 11 destinations around Turkey that will remain carved in your mind for the rest of your life. Impressive Roman ruins, notorious battle site Gallipoli, crystal clear waters of Aegean Coast and inescapable Cappadocia all await when embarking on this journey.

From Gallipoli, the tour leads you to Troy, home of the Trojan Horse and then to the grand acropolis of Pergamum. The old city of Ephesus will be your starting point to see the magnificent Temple of Artemis. Before coming to Pamukkale with its astounding white calcium platforms, see how the traditional handcrafted leather products are made. The next stop is the ancient Silk Road, where you will explore Sultanhani Caravansary and the Mevlana museum in Konya. Visit the Goreme Valley Open Air Museum and take a second to relish the view of Cappadocia and its fairy chimneys. Before returning to Istanbul, you will visit Anitkabir in Ankara – the mausoleum of the famous Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

Meals with vegan, vegetarian and halal options are included as part of this Turkey tour package. You also get accommodation, transport and many entrance fees for various activities.

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Anatolian Civilizations | 10 Days By Eskapas

The last tour on our “Best Turkey Tours” list is this unique combination of must-see sites and activities that show the best sides of Turkey. From Istanbul to Gallipoli, you will see how easily Turkey can crawl under your skin, making you want to prolong your stay in this vibrant country.

Istanbul will win your heart with the Spice Market, unparalleled Bosphorus Cruise, Sultanahmet Mosque, also known as Blue Mosque and the Hippodrome. In Ankara, you will visit the Anatolian Civilizations Museum and witness the Neolithic & Paleolithic ruins. A stop in romantic Cappadocia, then the tour continues to Pamukkale and its Cotton Steps, protected as a UNESCO heritage site. From Ephesus, head to Virgin Mary House, after which you arrive in beautiful Izmir. The Pergamon region is next on the schedule, where you will visit the ruins of Asclepion.

This trip to Turkey includes a highly informed guide, meals, transport and accommodation throughout the tour. Whirling Dervishes Ceremony in Cappadocia and tickets to the many sites also come with the price.

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